Georgia’s Zuckerman Museum to Reinstall Censored Ruth Stanford Piece

Ruth Stanford, A Walk in the Valley
Ruth Stanford, A Walk in the Valley, detail of installation at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, censored by university officials. Photo: Mike Jensen.

After facing accusations of censorship, Georgia’s Kennesaw State University (KSU) will display work by Ruth Stanford at the new Zuckerman Museum of Art. The institution’s March 1 grand opening made headlines following the removal of a piece by the local artist. KSU later offered to reinstall the artwork, A Walk in the Valley, which drew censure by showcasing a racist letter by turn-of-the-century writer Corra Harris, whose estate was donated to the school in 2008.

While Stanford initially expressed reservations about putting the work back on display, afraid that it had been re-contextualized by the controversy, an agreement has now been reached. The work will be on view at the Zuckerman by March 25. The installation will be accompanied by additional university-organized programming that addresses the uncomfortable legacy of racism brought to light by the piece. The museum’s inaugural exhibition, “See Through Walls,” is open through April 26.

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